Local economies

  • It is the right time to invest in all of our futures

    24 October 2021

    As we head towards COP26 Paul O’Brien says we should not settle for anything less than a key role for councils in the delivery of the plan for net zero, or the consequences could be catastrophic.


  • Lagging behind the retrofit challenge

    21 October 2021

    We risk deepening a divide between rich and poor and different parts of the compass unless we localise national retrofitting strategies, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Devolve powers to level up

    20 October 2021

    The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.


  • Counting the benefits of good partnership

    20 October 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.


  • Wages and good and bad government

    20 October 2021

    Many communities in the UK would benefit from higher wages, says Mike Emmerich, but does the Prime Minister have a strategy for delivering them?


  • Living in limbo

    20 October 2021

    As delays in confirming the successful bids for Community Renewal Fund cash drag on and councils remain in the dark about the upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund, local government leaders are running out of patience. Naomi Larsson reports.


  • The first step on a long levelling up road.

    20 October 2021

    The Government cannot treat the levelling up White Paper’s publication as ‘job done’, and it will take decades to bridge our country’s geographic divides, says Andrew Carter.


  • A compelling national vision for local government

    14 October 2021

    Becoming part of a ‘medicalised treatment-based model’ is the last thing social care needs, says Professor Donna Hall, as she puts forward the beginnings of a new vision for local government.


  • Film and TV sector offers opportunities for growth beyond Hertfordshire

    12 October 2021

    Our Local Enterprise Partnership is proud to be leading the national debate on the future of the Hertfordshire located, globally significant, film and television sector, says Mark Bretton.


  • Imagining a health-led recovery

    11 October 2021

    The Health Foundation says local government should be at the heart of driving forward the strategy to improve and level up health, and thereby the economy – but how can this best work in practice? Ann McGauran reports.


  • Return on investment – the next frontier in city climate action

    07 October 2021

    More than 30 cities in six countries including Cambridge, Coventry and Dundee are using a new software platform to model different ways to meet their climate targets. Tomer Shalit explains.


  • St Albans festival pulls out all the stops

    06 October 2021

    National Graduate Development Programme trainee Thomas Wrench says councils’ investment in activities such as the St Albans International Organ festival will be fundamental to COVID-19 recovery and uniting communities.


  • Johnson vows to ‘get care done’

    06 October 2021

    The Prime Minister delivered a speech peppered with quips but short on announcements at the Conservative Party Conference.


  • Devolution is my ‘unfinished business’

    06 October 2021

    Pat Ritchie is leaving her role as chief executive of Newcastle City Council after more than eight years at the helm. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy and what she sees as her three key achievements.


  • Let’s ditch ‘panel game’ funding

    06 October 2021

    Cllr John Merry talks to Ann McGauran about how Key Cities are faring as they look towards recovery, and says he’s approaching the White Paper on levelling up with an ‘open-minded spirit’.


  • Local leadership needs a vote of confidence from the Treasury

    05 October 2021

    In the run up to the Spending Review, the County Councils' Network will be continuing to highlight 'how imperative well-resourced councils are to the levelling up agenda', says Simon Edwards.


  • Street Hub 2.0 provides an opportunity to drive recovery

    04 October 2021

    James Browne looks at how digital infrastructure can support local authorities to enhance services for local communities.


  • Bracknell’s naturally creative approach to bringing people back to the town centre

    30 September 2021

    A gigantic partnership approach to reinvigorating Bracknell town centre linked to the borough’s tree strategy hit the mark this summer, says Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker.


  • Reshuffle puts Gove in the driving seat for next election

    22 September 2021

    Last week’s reshuffle was, for local government, far more than a switch in the ministerial deckchairs. What started out as change in secretary of state has ended up as a wholesale shift in the emphasis of the beefed-up, rebranded department.


  • Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

    20 September 2021

    The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.